Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in April
On Friday night, I’ll be part of a panel with Will T. and Gil Skidmore about Blogging as Ministry: The Quaker Way. I’m still developing what I might say, but here are some of the points that I thought of:
- Q blogs offer spiritual material to read between magazine issues
- Q blogs are a form of contemporary, narrative theology
- Q blogs offer connections across boundaries - windows through the institutional walls
- Q blogs feature respectful engagement
- Q blogs are part of a small universe - If I don't know the person, I probably know someone who knows him or her
- Q blogs have led to intervisitation
- Q blogs make Quakerism more visible
- Q blogs enable more folks to be heard by others
- The Quaker Quaker community knits us together
On Saturday, we’ll be heading to Guilford College, for a tour and a presentation by the editorial board of the new book-to-be by young Friends. (Including C. Wess Daniels!!)
Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) warmly invites you to attend the Quaker Youth Book Project Panel.
Saturday, April 26th 7:30 pm
Bryan Jr. Auditorium on Guilford College campus
This event is free and open to the public
Come hear young adult Friends involved in the Quaker Youth Book Project, QUIP's second youth anthology project and follow up to Whispers of Faith, speak to their hopes for the project, their experiences of youth movement and community in Quakerism, and the role publishing can play in supporting and nurturing rising generations of Quaker writers and ministers. The project's editorial board hails from all branches of the Religious Society of Friends and all over the world - including Kenya, Bolivia, Canada, Great Britain and all over the United States - and bring a diversity of skills and experience related to writing, editing, publishing, visual art, and ecumenical and youth ministry.
For more information on the Quaker Youth Book Project see www.quakeryouth.org/quipbook
On Sunday, I am looking forward to meeting some Friends from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) who are gathering in Greensboro over the weekend for their own Representative Body. I don’t know exactly how many or what times, but if you’re interested in joining us, leave me a comment or email me at the address in my profile.
On Monday, there will be a lunchtime discussion about Quakerism and the emerging church with Scott Wagoner and me and some other folks. Scott and his friend Tony are working out exactly where – let him or me know if you want more details!
Monday night, I am looking forward to meeting in person the fabulous foundress of Eco Everyday in Greensboro and a coordinator for the 2005 WGYF, Betsy Blake. I would like to thank Betsy in advance for her kind arrangement of hospitality for me, despite our only knowing each other by phone and by email. And Facebook. I would never have joined Facebook if Betsy hadn’t posted something there about an event that she and I were working on together. But I wanted to see what she had done, and the rest can be seen here.
On Tuesday, I am coming home. I will try to do some writing on the way. It is a full and blessed life I lead. Complicated sometimes, crazy-making maybe, but worth it.
Lord, please help me to remember: It’s not about me. I am not in charge. I am not alone.
Please hold all of those traveling and meeting this week in the Light.
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